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The Best Travel TV Shows

Updated October 15, 2020 11.4k votes 4.0k voters 251.0k views45 items

List RulesVote up the best shows that take you around the world - whether they focus on food, the people, or the journey.

The best travel shows inspire us to venture out into the unknown. They allow everyone to enjoy exploring some of the most interesting locations on the planet, without ever leaving the couch! A great television travel show offers viewers the opportunity to share in the journey as the hosts wander from town to town, or country to country, taking in the local landscape and learning about an area's unique culture. This list includes some of the best travelogue shows on tele (past and present), vote up the best travel shows you love the most.

Several TV shows listed here manage to combine travel and food. Among them: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Each of these shows offers viewers an in-depth look at local cultures, along with a taste of the area. Zimmern's choices are certainly more "out there" than Bourdain's, but both make for excellent travel TV viewing.

Classic, beloved travel TV shows are also listed here, including one of the most popular travel series of all-time, Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days. Actor Michael Palin actually recreates Phileas Fogg's fateful journey from the Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days. Are you a fan of reality TV? If so, you've likely seen CBS' The Amazing Race. While the program is definitely a reality competition, it takes the competitors to some of the most beautiful places in the world. In other words, it's awesome viewing for travel buffs!

What shows inspire your wanderlust the most? What us the best traveling show on TV? Vote for your favorite travel TV shows, and vote down those shows that you don't like. Bon voyage!
 

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    Departures

    Scott Wilson, Justin Lukach

    Premiered2008

    NetworkOLN

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

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    621
    221

    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

    Lee Anne Wong, Marc Summers

    Premiered2005

    NetworkTravel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Food, Documentary, Reality television

  • 3
    420
    124

    Parts Unknown

    Anthony Bourdain

    Premiered2013

    NetworkCNN

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Documentary, Food, Travel

  • 4
    400
    147

    An Idiot Abroad

    Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais

    Premiered2010

    NetworkSky1

    Genres (Tv)Travel documentary, Comedy, Documentary

    More 

    #62 of 106 The Best British Sitcoms of All Time#426 of 631 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch

  • 5

    Premiered1991

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Travel

  • 6

    Premiered2006

    NetworkTravel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Food

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    221
    70

    The Layover

    Anthony Bourdain, Gabriele Bonci

    Premiered2011

    NetworkTravel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Food, Documentary

    More The Layover 

    #43 of 77 The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time#9 of 38 The Best Food Travelogue TV Shows

  • 8
    271
    112

    Globe Trekker

    Christina Chang, Megan McCormick

    Premiered1994

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service, Channel 4, nyctv, Israel Broadcasting Authority, OLN

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    More Globe Trekker 

    #13 of 54 The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows#184 of 514 The Best Channel 4 TV Shows

  • 9
    208
    88

    Full Circle with Michael Palin

    Rob Hehnlin, Michael Palin

    Premiered1997

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Documentary

  • 10

    Premiered2001

    NetworkComedy Central

    Genres (Tv)Talk show, Comedy

    More Insomniac with Dave Attell 

    #32 of 48 The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time#192 of 267 The Best Television Shows of the 2000s

  • 11
    177
    68

    Premiered1989

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Documentary

  • 12
    218
    107

    Passport to Europe

    Samantha Brown

    Premiered2004

    NetworkTravel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Documentary

  • 13
    180
    94

    Samantha Brown's Great Weekends

    Samantha Brown, Daniel Franzese

    Premiered2008

    NetworkTravel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, reality, adventure

  • 14
    162
    115

    The Amazing Race

    Phil Keoghan

    Premiered2001

    NetworkCBS

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    More The Amazing Race 

    The Most Hateful Amazing Race Teams of All Time#253 of 340 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

  • 15
    129
    79

    Premiered2002

    NetworkFood Network Canada

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Documentary

  • 16
    120
    55

    Raw Travel

    Robert Rose

    PremieredOctober 2013

    NetworkSyndication

    Genres (Tv)Travel & Lifestyle

  • 17
    76
    38

    Pole to Pole

    Michael Palin

    Premiered1992

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Documentary

  • 18
    92
    64

    Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe

    Art Wolfe, Byambadorj Altanhuyag

    Premiered2007

    NetworkAPT

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Documentary

  • 19
    90
    69

    Dhani Tackles the Globe

    Dhani Jones, Stephen Koepfer

    Premiered2009

    NetworkTravel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Sports, Action/Adventure, Sports film, Adventure film, Documentary

  • 20
    1,432
    1,523

    Three Sheets

    Zane Lamprey, Stephen McKenna

    Premiered2006

    NetworkSpike, Fine Living Network, Travel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Reality television

  • 21
    73
    61

    Lonely Planet Six Degrees

    Toby Amies, Asha Gill

    Premiered1999

    NetworkDiscovery Channel

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

  • 22
    47
    25

    Booze Traveler

    Jack Maxwell

    Premiered2014

    NetworkTravel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Reality-TV, Travel

  • 23

    Premiered1999

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Documentary, Reality television

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    1
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    Down to Earth with Zac Efron

    Zac Efron, Darin Olien

    Premiered2020

    NetworkNetflix

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Travel

    More Down to Earth with Zac Efron 

    #236 of 468 The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years#56 of 726 The Best Original Streaming Shows of the Last Few Years

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    28
    13

    Long Way Round

    Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman

    Premiered2004

    NetworkSky1

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television